Municipal Debt Symposium

Municipal Debt Symposium

This symposium is designed to educate public entities about the aspects of debt financing, new debt instruments, federal compliance, and updates in the field of public finance. This symposium will provide a great opportunity to prepare staff to meet upcoming challenges involved with today’s debt issues. A must-attend!

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(Tentative, subject to change)

7:30 AM  Registration/Breakfast Buffet
8:15 AM    

Welcome Comments

Dan McAllister, Treasurer-Tax Collector; County of San Diego

8:30 AM


Kim Becker, CEO/President; San Diego County Regional Airport Authority

9:00 AM

Economic Update 

Chris Ahrens, Managing Director; Stifel Financial Corp.

10:00 AM  Break
10:10 AM

Financing Tools to Build, Connect and Innovate California Local Governments 

Introduction by:
Greg Cox, Supervisor, First District; San Diego County Board of Supervisors

James Hamill, Managing Director; CSCDA

11:10 AM

Developing Your Message to The Community

What impact will the upcoming elections have on getting your bond passed? Our panel of experts will give you some considerations on when and how to bring a bond or sales tax measure before voters. 

Moderated by:
Alex Presha, Reporter; NBC 7 

John Nienstedt, President and CEO; Competitive Edge Research & Communication
Tom Shepard, President and CEO; Tom Shepard & Associates, Inc.

12:10 PM  Lunch is served
1:10 PM

So You Think You Can GANS

This summer SANDAG issued $335 million in Capital Grant Receipt Revenue Bonds to help finance the construction of the Mid-Coast Trolley Project.  Learn how the process worked from the team that put the sale together. 

Andre Douzdjian, Finance Director; SANDAG
Peter Shellenberger, Managing Director; Public Financial Management
Julie Burger, Director; Wells Fargo Securities

2:10 PM

The Art of Public Speaking
If debt is our friend… why do we need to talk about it?

Phil Bertolini, Co-Director; Center for Digital Government

3:10 PM                                     Program concludes

Deadline to register: October 28, 2019 or until filled to capacity.

Seating is limited; register early!


Group Registration Form

You may optionally use this form to register a large group and receive a single invoice.

Payment Information

An invoice will be sent to the email address provided during registration. Accepted payment types include credit card (additional processing fees apply), check, and e-check. County of San Diego employees may pay via DART transfer. See your invoice for more details. If you do not receive an invoice within three business days of registering, please contact us.

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